The child and the different cultures in LuckyKids International Camp

2021-12-06

Virtue, tolerance and the concept of different people

In today’s multicultural, global world, meeting the concept of different cultures , nations, ethnicities, languages ​​is an integral part of our lives. We are witnessing the appearance of people with different skin color and appearance, we observe different from our national holidays, rituals, beliefs.

All this is a test of human tolerance for the different. This quality is the fruit of his upbringing and practice from an early age.

Until recently, the education system did not mention the “different” and how to treat them. Nowadays, more and more people are talking about this, and there are already whole sections and lessons dedicated to the topic.

The young generation we are educating now is definitely the generation of tolerance. These are modern children who grow up with peers from different cultures.

By meeting them every day and observing their behavior, culture, language, variety of rituals and customs, children become more receptive and tolerant of different of them.

How to teach a child to accept the “different”

Setting a worldview for tolerance

The first and most important step is to explain to the child that differences exist and they are a normal thing, not an exception.

We need to explain that there are people with different skin color, different eye shape and hair color. This is related to the biodiversity of the human race and is the most natural thing in the world.

Targeted Tolerance Lessons

One of the first lessons in tolerance is good to happen when the child is still young – there is an example of the different color and taste of candies that children like. By offering different candies to the child, he knows that there is variety and choice. It’s the same with people.

Of course, there are countless tasks and lessons related to the practice of tolerance . This is just a small example. Professionals can prepare many such examples.

Personal example

As much as we say that it is necessary to be patient with different if our example, as parents and caregivers, shows the opposite, if we are negative, the child will follow our example.

Every action is a demonstration of our worldview. We treat and look at the different representatives of nations and races in our environment with care and understanding, because children’s eyes absorb our every action and then follow.

In LuckyKids children from many other countries arrive. They are in a situation of double stress – unfamiliar country and unfamiliar situation.

To them children must show full understanding and great patience, yes be their navigators in the new situation.

A smile or a simple greeting can do wonders.

Child is the leader

A common practice in schools and camps with international status is the new student or a camper to be taken care of by a “leader-mentor” assigned to him.

In this way, this child receives the necessary instructions, explanations and guidance without having to ask for them. Some children are very shy, closed-minded and often do not turn to anyone in particular for help.

It is difficult for them to make first contact and it is precisely for them that mentors are extremely suitable.

Literature, art, movies

Indispensable tools in tolerance education are all works of all genres of art, verbally or visually.

There are many stories, novels, fairy tales for children that can figuratively present tolerance to them and to be our helpers in education.

LuckyKids Tolerance Training

Time Together – Time for Virtues

In LuckyKids, at the appointed time together , we read one story at a time on a day that is related to a virtue, we discuss it with the children and then give a practical task related to it.

Every child needs to practice the given virtue during the day , in all his actions and manifestations, and in the evening to be able to tell what he has achieved.

In this way, the child understands the meaning of concepts such as:

  • tolerance
  • understanding
  • empathy
  • mercy
  • mutual aid

For us at LuckyKids, tolerance is a fundamental virtue , which includes many others and that is why its practice and development is so important.

Project Training – Teamwork

During the project training, our teachers form teams . Teamwork is a task of practicing tolerance.

There each child complies with the other participants , learns their interests, gives way to their expression, adapts to the team, evaluates their personal qualities and naturally learns to appreciate difference. Gives to receive.

Encouraging tolerant behavior and good deeds

It’s no coincidence that our children have sticker cards. Every day, after dinner, we take a quick look at the camp team’s actions and behavior during the day. Good deeds are rewarded with stickers , and the names of these children are announced to all campers.

Children collect stickers on their card. In this way, they gain a physical idea of ​​what and how many “good deeds and deeds” they have done. The system works as for the older ones as well as the younger ones.

Different cultures in LuckyKids

Children from different countries are coming to our camp – some of the neighboring countries , others from more distant. We have campers with different religious affiliations.

Some of our teachers are non-white. All these factors and people have a positive effect on the understanding of such a word as “tolerance”.

We sincerely believe that all children in the world have equal opportunities and equal rights . It is important for us to pass on the same worldview to our graduates.

At LuckyKids we finish and support the work of parents who have already started education in tolerance. And when we see how the campers help each other, work in perfect sync as a team, how they defend or play together to win, then we understand that the goal has been achieved.

What “broad worldview” means

Forming a worldview is a long process. He begins in early childhood and develops throughout most of a person’s conscious life.

Over time, what a child believes in and conforms to grows in volume. However, this does not mean the breadth of the worldview. In some countries and religious groups, this kind of worldview is unfortunately absent.

There are also societies that are more conservative and the very education in the open completely absent.

Having a broad worldview means following a few basic principles:

  • to be tolerant of different.
  • to be interested first in a person’s personality and then in his ethnicity, which you consider only in the context of interest to a culture.
  • to respect other existing cultures, and even if you do not like something specific in them, to show decency and respect. 
  • to be interested in human history and culture in general, and this includes some knowledge of historical facts, personalities, phenomena; knowledge leads to understanding.
  • not to be violent towards different.

In summary, a broad worldview means showing equal attention, compassion, and understanding to every human being and displaying decent behavior , which proves that you recognize the right to exist of every person.

It includes a broad general culture and knowledge of the human race as a civilization and culture.

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